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Elephants in Raincoats

Time to dress up for Spring! Although elephants don’t really need raincoats, they look fashionable with them on and students get to have fun creating cool outfits 🙂 

This simple character design activity is easy to follow along and involves colouring, cutting, gluing and creative thinking. It is also encouraged to add props..like the construction worker on the top left who is holding a log with its trunk. 

And..of course, it doesn’t have to be an elephant. You can alter this project to give any character beautiful Spring clothing 😀

Duration: 30 – 40 min

Materials:
– A handout with parts of the outfit: Raincoat & BootsUmbrella
– A tracing sample of the elephant’s body 
– Construction Paper
– Colouring Materials

 

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Disneytastic Name Plate

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.”
-Edwin Elliot

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Check out all these beautiful Minnie and Mickey name plates created by my students! Each has its own personal style. I absolutely love them and hope you do too 🙂 

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Duration: 20-30min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper (black, peach, white, pink, etc..)
– Black & Red Marker
– Scrapbook Paper

Optional:
– Wire 
– Beads

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Crafty Elf & Reindeer Ornament

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Christmas season is a great time for family fun and DIY crafts!
Here are two simple projects that your little one may enjoy making 🙂

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Duration: 25-40 min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (red, green, white, brown)
– Elf Head (elf-faces)
– Hole-Puncher
– String/Ribbon
– Crayons
– Black Marker

Optional:
– Googly Eyes
– Buttons
– Sparkles and Sequints

A simple pear-shaped design will get artists started on the head of their reindeer ornament. As time goes by and artists add their own features, it is amazing to see the variations that students come up with. I also love to put out small and shiny shapes that everyone can use because it adds more magic to their work.

With the remaining construction paper left, one can make a personalized elf with wiggly arms and legs. I have included a template of a boy and girl elf head in the materials list, but you can always make your own 🙂 Don’t forget to fancy up your elf by including a Christmas hat, winter gloves, boots and buttons too!

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Autumn Colours

“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” -Lauren deStefano

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I hope it’s not too late to post this craft activity 🙂 Most leaves may have fallen off already, but we can still reminisce the beauty of autumn by putting together our very own tree with vibrant colours and swirling leaves.

Duration: 20 – 30 min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper
– Tissue Paper
– Pre-cut leaves 
– Scissors and White Glue

 

Here are some tips:
– Use the back of a pencil to shape and scrunch up tissue paper
– Prepare some pre-cut leaves with a paper leaf cutter

 

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Thanksgiving Autumn Craft

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur WardIMAG2070.jpg

This year, I taught my younger students a combined autumn and thanksgiving craft which consists of a free drawing, paper scarecrow and colourful turkey.

As the class settles in, I usually ask my students to do a free drawing, which can be anything that they feel like creating in the moment. This project is great because I can incorporate their drawing along with the main class activity. It also allows students to work at their own pace and add layers to their work.

To simplify materials, I gave each student pre-cut rectangular pieces of construction paper (yellow, orange, brown, black and one other colour of their choice). They could then modify and cut out shapes for their scarecrow.

Duration: 60-75min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (various colours)
– Tissue Paper
– Black Marker
– White Paper
– Pencil Crayons/Markers

Here are some cool examples, including one from a student who absolutely loves mustaches!

 

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Awesome Halloween Critters

Tickity-tack! Clickity-clack!  
The giant black spider is back!
Woooo-ooo-ooo! and boooo!
The ghosts are coming for you….

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As halloween is just around the corner, here is an awesome project that combines drawing, painting and crafty work : ) 

Inspired by Art Teacher in LA’s Spider on a Web, I have added a ghost component to give students more room for creativity and practise with using warm vs. cool colours. It is amazing to see the different pastel designs and spooky critter families that students create. 

Duration: 45-60 min

Materials:
– Large black construction paper
– Watercolour or regular paper
– Smaller sheets of black/white paper
– Oil pastels (white, orange & other colours)
– Watercolour Paint 
– Scissors & White Glue

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All Kinds Of Everything

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Project Details

In this post, I have designed a summer-themed project that explores different watercolour techniques. Young artists can learn to create different textures while drawing insects, peacocks, plants and all kinds of everything!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Materials:
– Watercolour Paint & Paper
– Needle/Scissors (something pointy)
– Saran Wrap
– Oil Pastels
– Salt
– Ruler

Instructions:
1) Download: All Kinds of Everything Watercolour Project (A handout with drawing examples and instructions)
2) Divide your artwork into 3 sections
3) Think about what animal critters you would like to draw and use the handout as a starting point
4) Sketch your ideas onto the paper and incorporate 2-3 watercolour techniques in each section


Watercolour Techniques

There are many ways to paint with watercolour. The brush size, amount of water and quality of paint are factors that will affect the finished product of your work. To create special textures and effects, many artists use tools like salt, saran wrap and needles. 

Here are some examples of common watercolour techniques:

Flat Wash– Creating one value of colour by equally spreading a wet brush with paint.

Graded Wash– Adding different values (dark to light) by using more water to dilute the paint.

Salt: Adding salt on top of a wet surface to create a snowflake-like quality.

Wet into Wet: Wetting the paper first before painting. This creates a misty blend of colours great for objects like clouds and water.

Resist: Using oil pastel for small designs before painting on top. Beause oil resists water, your design will show-up.

Etching: Carving out patterns and outlines with a needle/scissors before painting. This will make thin lines and designs stand out.

Dry Brush: Using a very dry brush to create a scratchy-look.  This technique works great for objects like branches.

Opaque: Using lots of paint and less water to make a dark tone, taking away the transparency of watercolour.

Saran Wrap: Scrunching up a piece of saran wrap on top of a wet surface and leaving it for at least 5 min.


Inspiration

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Snowdrops and daffodils
Butterflies and bees
Sailboats and fishermen
Things of the sea.
Wishing-wells
Wedding bells
Early morning dew
All kinds of everything remind me of you…

– Derry Lindsay & Jackie Smith, “All Kinds of Everything”

This is an excerpt from a 1970s song that I absolutlely love and this project is named after it. As the summer weather is kicking in, I can’t resist staying outdoors to bathe in the sunshine and admire the flowers. So, I decided to capture these natural beauties in an artwork 🙂